Arts and Culture Strategic Plan

January 2011 - Posts

What is art and culture?

At the Community Coffee Public Event last week, we asked the question:

What is art and culture?

We got some very interesting responses that are cataloged in this video:

Please let us know if you've got other ideas by emailing us at ArtRocks@round-rock.tx.us or include the hashtag #artrocksrr in your tweets on Twitter.

Community Coffee Presentation Online

On January 20th, the City of Round Rock along with H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and Webb Management Services hosted the first public event for the Arts and Culture in Public Places Strategic Plan. Over 80 members of the public attended one of the three sessions (morning, afternoon, evening) and shared their thoughts about the direction for Art and Culture in Round Rock.

If you didnt get a chance to attend you can view the exhibit panels that were part of the event, by following this link to view them on Slideshare.

We will soon post some pictures of the event and make some further blog posts about what we learned talking with the citizens of Round Rock.

Also, if you'd like to add your input, you can comment on the blog or email us at ArtRocks@round-rock.tx.us.

PUBLIC EVENT: Community Coffee (Thursday January 20th - McConico Building - 301 W. Bagdad Avenue)
New Year, New Ideas: Arts and Culture Strategic Plan Community Coffee

Tell us what you think about Art and Culture in Round Rock by joining us on Thursday, Jan. 20, at the McConico Building Community Room, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. There will be 3 sessions: a morning session from 7am until 9am.; afternoon from Noon until 2pm; and evening from 5pm to 7pm. Come to the session that works best for you.

The City of Round Rock invites you to coffee and conversation to discuss your thoughts on arts and culture. This will be the first in a series of three public workshops as the City embarks on a strategic plan and implementation guide to support the arts.

A flourishing artistic and cultural environment enhances the quality of life for residents and has proven to be an effective economic development tool for communities across the country. In short, success and rapid growth has in some ways created a cultural gap that needs to be filled in Round Rock. Filling this gap will help retain and attract residents, a competitive workforce, and ensure that Round Rock is a destination of choice. With your input we believe the initiatives that evolve out of the plan can lead to outcomes that promote civic pride, differentiate the city within the region, and play an important role in sustainable economic development through the power of the arts.

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Read the The Arts and Culture Strategic Plan Blog
Email us at ArtRocks@round-rock.tx.us
Follow @ArtRocksRR on twitter
Get in touch with arts and culture
The success of the Round Rock Arts and Culture Strategic plan depends on YOU!

We want to get you involved!
We want to hear what you have to say!
We want to get to know you better!

In order to help with that, we've set up THREE ways to learn more, to interact and to stay informed:

1. The Arts and Culture Strategic Plan Blog, which will also be posted on the Round Rock Facebook Page .

2. You can email us at ArtRocks@round-rock.tx.us

3. You can follow us on TWITTER: @ArtRocksRR .

Tell your neighbors! Tell your friends! Lets Rock The Arts In Round Rock!
Progress Report: Stakeholder Interviews and Cultural Facilities Inventory

In early December, the consultant team from H3 HARDY COLLABORATION ARCHITECTURE and WEBB MANAGEMENT SERVICES were in Round Rock for three days of stakeholder interviews and site visits. With the assistance of the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Round Rock Area Arts Council (RRAAC), we reached out to community leaders, elected officials, business owners, educators, and people working to bring arts and cultural programming to Round Rock.

The interview process is designed to assess the current state of cultural offerings in Round Rock, to understand the existing market demand for those cultural offerings, to take an inventory of existing cultural facilities, and investigate the needs of arts and cultural organizations doing business in Round Rock. We will use what we have learned during these interviews to inform the directed investigations we will do as part of our wider public outreach efforts over the coming months.

Below is a list of groups, individuals or organizations we met with or visited during the interview process. If you know of other groups or individuals who are working to bolster arts and culture in round rock that would have valuable input, please have them contact us at ArtRocks@round-rock.tx.us



AFFILIATION NAME TITLE
Art Institute of Austin Monica Jeffs President
Art Institute of Austin Carol Kelley Dean, Academic Affairs
Arts Center of Willimason County Michael Hammons Director
Austin Community College - Round Rock Judy Vancleve Campus Manager
Bacca Center Deborah McRoberts Director
Baker, Aiklen & Associates Michael Robinson Former Councilperson and Mayor
Chisolm Trail Quilt Guild Sue Malicoat President
City of Round Rock Will Hampton Director, Communications Division
City of Round Rock Brooks Bennett Technology Specialist
City of Round Rock Brad Wiseman Manager, Development Services
City of Round Rock Carlos Salinas Councilperson, Mayor Pro-tem
City of Round Rock Kris Whitfield Councilperson
City of Round Rock Joelle Jordan Department of City Planning - Historic Preservation Commission
City of Round Rock Alan McGraw Mayor
City of Round Rock Sharron Prete Former City Official
City of Round Rock JoAnne Lands Former City Official
City of Round Rock / Round Rock Area Arts Council Cindy Demers Assistant City Manager / Member, Board of Directors
City of Round Rock Nancy Yawn Director, Convention and Visitors Bureau
Cordovan Art School John Howell Director
First Texas Bank Jon Sloan
Fisterra Studio Jennifer Chenoweth Owner/Operator
Framers Gallery (Georgetown) Fred Bolgen Owner/Operator
Georgetown Arts Commission / Georgetown Public Library Eric Lashley Member, Board of Directors / Staff Representative
Nancy Gray Arts Consulting Nancy Gray Owner/Operator
Old Settler Association Randy Michna
Palace Theater (Georgetown) Larry McCormack Vice President, Board of Directors
Pennfold Theater Company Zena Vaughn Managing Director
Pennfold Theater Company Ryan Crowder Producing Artistic Director
Premium Outlets Tamarra Andrews Manager
REI, Inc. Todd Callaway Manager
Round Rock Area Arts Council Anne Phillips Member, Board of Directors
City of Round Rock John Moman Councilperson/ Owner, Moman Architects, Inc.
Round Rock Area Arts Council Cathy Kincaid President, Board of Directors
Round Rock Area Arts Councol Jeanne Marie Ellis Member, Board of Directors
Round Rock Area Arts Council Laurie Mahnke Member, Board of Directors
Round Rock Area Arts Council Rick White Member, Board of Directors
Downtown Business Owner / Round Rock Area Arts Council Sue Faulk Member, Board of Directors / Owner, Main Street Sweets
Round Rock Area Arts Councol Judy McLeod Member, Board of Directors
Round Rock Area Arts Council / Minuteman Press Tommie Huggins Member, Board of Directors / Owner
Round Rock Ballet Folklorico Yolanda Sanchez Director
Round Rock Chamber of Commerce Doug Kurkul President/CEO
Round Rock Chamber of Commerce Joe Vining Senior Vice President
Round Rock Community Choir Randi Bolding Director
Round Rock Community Choir Dr. Linda Bolding Founding Director
Round Rock Doughnuts Paul Guderyahn Owner/Operator
Round Rock Public Library / Round Rock Area Arts Council Dale Ricklefs Director (retired) / Member, Board of Directors
Round Rock Symphony Beverly Mintz Executive Director
RRISD - C.D. Fulkes Middle School Kim Humble Vice Principal
RRIS - RRISD Performing Arts Center Betty Jo Byrne Performing Arts Manager
RRIS - RRISD Performing Arts Center Jim VanZandt Fine Arts Director
Theater Action Project Karen Lashelle Executive and Artistic Director
Williamson County Ron Morrison Commissioner, Precinct 4
Williamson County Lisa Birkman Commissioner, Precinct 1
Williamson County Museum Mickie Ross Director
Williamson County Symphony John Gordon Chairman of the Board
Willimason County Arts Guild Wes O'Dell Secretary
YMCA of Greater Willimason County Jessica Stookey Director, Quality Programs
Nancy Rabb Citizen
Ella Jez Citizen
Local Business Owner Charles Avery Citizen / Developer / Philanthropist
Local Business Carol Chafin Real Estate Agent
City of Round Rock Taylor Horton Planner, Development Services
Sam Bass Theater Company / C.D. Fulkes Middle School Tara Bonds Vice President / Director Theater Arts Program
City of Round Rock George White Councilperson
City of Round Rock Rufus Honeycutt Councilperson
Hotel Alliance Hank Patel Owner, Comfort Suites
Hotel Alliance Dimish Patel Owner, Country Inn Suites
Hotel Alliance Robert Murdoch GM, Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel Alliance Kyle Covington Manager, Austin Marriott North
Downtown Business Owner Sean Faulk Star Co. Coffee/Cafe
City of Round Rock Peter Wysocki Director, Department of Planning and Community Development
City of Round Rock Nathaniel Strosburg Planner, Department of Planning and Community Development
City of Round Rock Christian Collier, GISP GIS Coordinator
City of Round Rock Nathaniel Strosburg Planner, Department of Planning and Community Development
City of Round Rock Christian Collier, GISP GIS Coordinator
Project Schedule: Arts and Culture in Public Places Strategic Plan

The table below outlines the current schedule and major public milestones for the Arts and Culture Strategic Plan. We will update it with any changes as the project progresses and provide more information in separate posts as each milestone draws near or is completed.

Project Schedule

DATE EVENT STATUS
December 2010 Project kickoff meetings Complete
December 6-8, 2010 Stakeholder interviews Complete
December 6-8, 2010 Cultural facilities inventory and site visits Complete
January 20, 2011 Community Coffee Open House Next Step
February 2011 Community visioning workshop
March 2011 Alternatives and strategies
April 2011 Final Public Presentation
Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and Webb Management Services are pleased to have been selected to conduct the formal study for the Round Rock Arts and Culture in Public Places Strategic Plan.

We will be spending a lot of time in Round Rock over the next few months, but if you'd like to get better acquainted with who we are, we've posted short biographies of our firms below. If you'd like more information on the expertise that each firm brings to this study, you can visit our websites from the links provided.

H3 HARDY COLLABORATION ARCHITECTURE is a collaborative community of professionals founded in 2004 by celebrated architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA and guided by six partners. H3’s team delivers a distinctive approach to planning and design that fosters dialogue among history, innovation, and contemporary use. We have worked with many city, state and federal government agencies as well as community, homeowner, and citizen groups. We respect and encourage a diversity of community voices by providing an open forum to address unique issues or concerns. Cities offer experiences impossible to find elsewhere. The essence of this experience lies in great public places: streets, theaters, museums, restaurants and parks. H3 has been involved in numerous planning, programming, and feasibility studies for the arts as well as studies for the establishment of arts and entertainment districts. These projects typically involve collaboration with financial and arts consultants to determine the market viability of various private and public artistic/entertainment uses. We then examine mechanisms to implement such districts and facilities. Our planning efforts lead to implementation of policies that support and foster local cultural economies, arts and creative facilities, vibrant public spaces with major cultural programming, and streetscape design that form art corridors.


WEBB MANAGEMENT SERVICES is one of the nation’s leading providers of cultural and project planning services having completed over 250 assignments. Our mission is to support the creative process with sound and imaginative planning and services that lead to cultural and community development. We believe the arts play a vital role in shaping our world. Through consulting, training and research, our firm works to strengthen the management and planning skills of the decision-makers who create and sustain diverse cultural communities. Clients include local governments, colleges and universities, nonprofit arts organizations, development agencies and other entities exploring cultural development.

Finally, my name is Eric Galipo and I will be administering the digital presence of the Arts and Culture in Public Paces Strategic Plan. I am an urban planner and designer with H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. You can find a short biography of my experience here.

Round Rock Arts and Culture in Public Spaces Strategic Plan

The City of Round Rock has retained H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and Webb Management Services to develop an Arts and Culture in Public Spaces Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide in support of Round Rock's strategic vision to be the “City of Choice”.

The Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide is intended to coordinate citywide efforts for bolstering the presence of arts and culture in Round Rock and coalesce ambitions of the arts community more effectively. The plan will assist the city in arriving at a formalized community vision for arts and culture in public places through an extensive stakeholder outreach process. With the assistance of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Round Rock Area Arts Council, the visioning process will be informed by understanding what differentiates the city physically and culturally, understanding the existing market demand for cultural offerings, and providing best practices insight based on successes in other creative cities.

A clear action plan will be generated with near-term, mid-range, and long-term initiatives that respond to specific objectives generated from the overall visioning and outreach process. Ultimately, the plan will leverage arts and culture as a tool for economic and community development, while enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors.